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Sandpaper Letters PDF Download

$7.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you make your own sandpaper letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! Choose from the two most...
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Movable Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you print out and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you prefer ...
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Phonogram Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you print out and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you prefer ...
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Black Movable Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs listed here let you print and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you...
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Red Movable Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you print out and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you prefer ...
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Spanish Movable Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you print out and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you prefer ...
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Puzzle Words PDF Download

$2.95 USD

This file contains 40 high-frequency sight words (Montessorians call these "puzzle words") ready to print and cut. If you don't want to make them yourself, you can pu...
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Phonetic Activity Cards PDF Download

$2.95 USD

This is a great game that is easy to make and endless fun to play. This PDF guides you step by step with a printable and clear instructions. This digital file includes...
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Phonogram Lists PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own Montessori materials? All you need is a color printer, cardstock, and scissors to put these phonogram lists into use! If you'd rather not make th...
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Setting up the Language Area (E-Book)

$5.95 USD

This short book is a thorough and complete guide to setting up the Montessori early childhood (primary, ages 3-6+) language area. It includes not only lovely photograp...
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Number Rods/Red Rods PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Need to make your own red rods and number rods? This PDF guides you step by step with printables and clear instructions. This digital file includes: Template for the ...
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Sandpaper Numbers PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Need to make your own numbers? This PDF guides you step by step with a printable and clear instructions. This digital file includes: Template for the numbers 0 to 9 ...
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Addition Strip Board PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Practice your math work with your own hand-crafted Addition Strip boards! This PDF guides you step by step with many printables and clear instructions. This digital fi...
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Word Study: Animal Groups PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study A...
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Word Study: Animal Homes PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study A...
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Word Study: Animal Young PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study A...
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Word Study: Antonyms PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study A...
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Word Study: Compound Words PDF Download

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Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study C...
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Word Study: Contractions PDF Download

$2.95 USD

What happens when you squish two words together to make a new, shorter word? Contractions! Read these cards on your own and use the words to inspire your spoken langua...
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Word Study: Homonyms PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Spelling can make such a difference...just think of the sound-alikes bare and bear! Children love to play with word meaning and these cards let them do just that while...
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Toddler

Utensils Object-to-Photo Matching

$29.95 USD

Finally, there are identical and similar matching materials with objects and pictures! No more hours spent finding your own objects and making perfectly matching cards...
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Condiments Object-to-Photo Matching

$29.95 USD $19.95 USD

Limited quantity: Get them while they last! Designed especially for toddlers! This limited-time-only set includes one five realistic replica objects and two sets of ca...
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Vegetables Toddler Cards

$14.95 USD

Designed especially for toddlers, these large format cards are laminated with a sturdy, food-grade 8 mil laminate that can stand up to toddler use! Vocabulary format ...
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Fruit Toddler Cards

$14.95 USD

Designed especially for toddlers, these large format cards are laminated with a sturdy, food-grade 8 mil laminate that can stand up to toddler use! Vocabulary format ...
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Farm Animal Toddler Cards

$14.95 USD

Designed especially for toddlers, these large format cards are laminated with a sturdy, food-grade 8 mil laminate that can stand up to toddler use! Vocabulary format ...
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Imperfect Vegetables Toddler Cards

$14.95 USD $8.50 USD

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This packet is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors ar...
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Imperfect Farm Animal Toddler Cards

$14.95 USD $8.50 USD

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This packet is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors ar...
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Imperfect Fruit Toddler Cards

$14.95 USD $8.50 USD

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This packet is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors ar...
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Imperfect Utensils Object-to-Photo Matching

$23.50 USD

Select with or without matching objects from the drop-down menu. This packet is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made ...
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Aprons & Mats

Blue Paisley Cloth Apron

$19.95 USD

This all-cotton, muted blue paisley apron brings elegance to your practical life activities. All Cotton: Our 100% cotton fabrics are soft and washable, just like al...
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Gingham Cloth Aprons

$19.95 USD

This all-cotton, red gingham apron is prim and perky! All Cotton: Our 100% cotton fabrics are soft and washable, just like all of your cotton clothing. These are gre...
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Aqua Stripe Aprons

$24.90 USD

This striped Malibu pattern with aqua trim will cheer up any activity! Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently, durable, color-coded, env...
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Blue Flower Aprons

$24.90 USD

This beautiful bouquet of blue flowers with light blue trim is a wonderful accompaniment for many activities. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used i...
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Blue Tile Aprons

$24.90 USD

This Mediterranean tile pattern with light blue trim compliments all the geometry inherent in your environment. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used...
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Cork Aprons

$24.90 USD

This cork fabric is luxurious to touch but incredibly resilient. It sheds water just like the cork bark on a cork tree! Water-resistant, soft, can be used independentl...
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Navy Aprons

$24.90 USD

This navy apron with a subtle "denim" pattern and navy trim will coordinate with many activities. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently...
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Plum Flower Aprons

$24.90 USD

This plum flower pattern with pink accents is particularly delightful! Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently, durable, color-coded, env...
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Red Slicker Aprons

$24.90 USD

This red dot slicker pattern with coordinated red trim will brighten up your day! Water-resistant, can be used independently, durable, color-coded,... these are just a...
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Sand Aprons

$24.90 USD

This light, sand-colored apron with white trim will coordinate with many activities. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently, durable, co...
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Whale Aprons

$24.90 USD

Who can resist this whale pattern with navy trim! Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently, durable, color-coded, environmentally-friendly...
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Yellow Flower Aprons

$24.90 USD

This delightful yellow flower pattern with yellow trim will bring a little Spring cheer to your activities. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used ind...
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Mats: Laminated Cotton

$29.95 USD

These fabric patterns are so appealing and they coordinate perfectly with our aprons. Get the mat alone for a special activity (like crafting or cooking) or combine it...
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Mats: Cork

$6.95 USD

Our real cork fabric is incredibly soft and just delicious to touch. Just like on the tree, cork fabric readily sheds water. On top of that, it is an environmentally-f...
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Mats: Red Slicker

$6.95 USD

This red dot pattern is absolutely adorable. Get the mat alone for a special activity (like crafting or cooking) or combine it with an apron and save! These 11" x 17" ...
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Discounted Aqua Stripe Apron

$15.95 USD

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These one-of-a-kind aprons were part of our prototypes used to test color combinations and notions for our Primary (ages 3 to 6) aprons. They differ slightly from our ...
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Discounted Blue Tile Aprons

$15.95 USD

These one-of-a-kind aprons were part of our prototypes used to test color combinations and notions for our Primary (ages 3 to 6) aprons. They differ slightly from our ...
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Discounted Golden Cork Aprons

$15.95 USD

These one-of-a-kind aprons were part of our prototypes used to test color combinations and notions for our Primary (ages 3 to 6) aprons. They differ slightly from our ...
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Discounted Plum Flower Aprons

$15.95 USD

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These one-of-a-kind aprons were part of our prototypes used to test color combinations and notions for our Primary (ages 3 to 6) aprons. They differ slightly from ou...
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Discounted Yellow Flower Aprons

$15.95 USD

These one-of-a-kind aprons were part of our prototypes used to test color combinations and notions for our Primary (ages 3 to 6) aprons. They differ slightly from ou...
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Montessori Pedagogy Blog

Developing the attention span via polishing

Parents often ask Montessori teachers why their children are cleaning the school. Children in Montessori early childhood classrooms are learning how to wash dishes, sweep the floor, dust, and even polish silver. Can't the school afford to hire their own cleaning staff?

The answer has nothing to do with keeping the classroom clean. In fact, teachers often have to go back after school and "re-clean" what the children have cleaned. The reason we teach them these "practical life" activities is all about aiding the child's development.

A mom I know on Instagram (big shout out to @montessoriinmotion) posted a video of her daughter that illustrates some of the benefits of practical life activities. It's just over one-minute long and is so rich in things to notice that I asked her permission to write about it here. Watch the video on your own first and then read on (and yes, she is sporting the matching Maitri Learning blue flower apron and mat).

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Developing Letter-Sound Knowledge: Montessori Sandpaper Letters

Learning the visual appearance of each letter in English and the sounds that each letter makes is an essential beginning step towards literacy. In the Montessori approach, we do a huge array of spoken language activities with the children to prepare them for writing and reading (see our many other blog posts on spoken language for more information). But we have one primary tool for teaching children the shapes of each letter and their individual sounds: the sandpaper letters.

Note: If you don’t own a set of sandpaper letters, you can make them yourself using our downloadable template.

The Presentation

As shown in the video, the general approach to the sandpaper letters is to choose 3 or 4 letters (depending on the interests and abilities of the child), show them how to trace a letter, say its sound, and then say a few words that feature that sound.

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Why are we staying home? A free e-book for children

ma stay at home book

Montessori teacher Angela Ma (Follow the Child Montessori, Raleigh, NC) has written a lovely picture book for you to share with your children. Ms. Ma offers a simple yet elegant explanation (with gorgeous illustrations) of why so many of us are home-bound during this pandemic. She has made it available free for anyone to download.

Here's what Ms. Ma has to say about her motivation for writing this story:

"I wrote this social story, complete with a drawing of my own adorable family, to offer a simple explanation for the reason we're all staying-at-home. Presenting a perspective of helpfulness and community empowers our young children to feel a sense of agency and connection. When we enter back into the community on the other side of this global experience, the opportunity to focus on social solidarity may likely have a more positive and protective impact on our children’s sense of security and well-being. I hope it is helpful to families who are looking for ways to support their children through this experience."

Print it out, bind it with ribbon, and read often! Then, inspire your children to make their own books about things that are important to them. Win-win!

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